Zing Picks Aperto PacketMAX For Multistate WiMAX Network
Zing, a next-generation wireless service provider based in Detroit, Mich., will use Aperto’s PacketMAX solution for a multistate WiMAX network. Initially operating in the lightly licensed 3.65-GHz band and eventually in the license-exempt 5.8-GHz band, the network will provide wireless broadband voice and data services in Michigan and Washington before the end of the year and in Colorado, Florida, and Tennessee soon after. Zing will expand the network later next year to include California and Texas.
The network’s customers will include business, enterprise, small-office/home-office (SOHO), government, municipal, and education users. Zing will deploy two different Aperto basestations: the PacketMAX 5000 and PacketMAX 3000 (see figure below). It will also employ hundreds of subscriber units, including the PacketMAX 120 and PacketMAX 320. When completed, the network will support symmetrical and asymmetrical connections with speeds up to 10 Mbytes/s.
The PacketMAX family of products provides the critical elements needed to extend wireless broadband services to a wide range of users—ranging from governments, large enterprises, and public-sector organizations to multi-tenant buildings and residences—using a single, standards-based platform. PacketMAX also supports the widest range of licensed and licensed-exempt frequencies in the world, including the 2.5-, 3.3-, 3.5-, 4.9-, 5.1-, 5.4-, and 5.8-GHz bands.
"We did our homework on this one and no other wireless product came close to PacketMAX in terms of meeting our unique needs," said Tolly Marcus, president and CEO of Zing.
"Our goal is to provide 100% coverage in all markets, and you just can’t do this if you rely only on LOS [line of sight] connectivity in licensed frequencies. PacketMAX is known for its resistance in NLOS conditions, carrier-grade quality-of-service (QoS), and rich networking features," Marcus added. "It’s also the only carrier-grade WiMAX solution on the market with automatic repeat request (ARQ), a must-have to control errors in data transmission."
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